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the home page. the battle over the debt limit may have already taken its toll. the credit rating agency standard & poor's is putting the u.s. on a credit watch. it says there's a 50-50 chance it will downgrade the country's credit rating within three months because of this impasse. another credit rating agency, moody's investor services, announced earlier this week it's reviewing the government's aaa bond rating. you can watch the president's comments later this morning right here on channel 4. tune into "news 4 midday" at 11:00. today they could consider the order that the government immediately end the military's don't ask, don't tell policy. the obama administration filed an emergency motion asking the ninth circuit court of appeals to reconsider its decision to lift its stay on a lower court ruling last month. that court found the ban on openly gay soldiers unconstitutional.
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new overnight, holy cross hospital is fully operational now after a fire caused evacuations there. montgomery county fire officials tell us a heating and ac unit outside the building caught fire about 11:15 last night. smoke got inside the third floor which houses the labor and delivery department. hospital staff moved patients to another part of the building where wildfire crews put out the flames. fire investigators say no patients were in danger. >> that move could have come at an inauspicious moments for some of those patients, i would imagine. >> hold on a few minutes. >> hope all went well. >> tom going to take a look at the day. we had a beautiful day yesterday. going to have a repeat? >> by popular acclaim, we'll keep it going. good morning. we're off to a gorgeous start. fleecing clouds passing over the region, and it is another very beautiful morning under way with low humidity. right now 70 at reagan national. near 70 right near the bay. away from the waters, it's down
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into the low 60s. it's mid-60s in prince george's, arlington, fairfax, montgomery counties. low 60s around the shenandoah valley. it has dipped into the 50s central shenandoah valley and into the highlands of western maryland and west virginia. just a few clouds drifting in from time to time. our sunrise will be at 5:55. then by 9:00 we'll be in the mid-70s with clouds coming in and out during the morning hours, and during the afternoon partly cloudy. we'll be reaching the mid-80s during the afternoon, a lot like yesterday. maybe some more clouds around today rather than from what we had yesterday. a look at your overnight friday night planner. that will be coming up in about ten minutes. now, danella, how's traffic? >> good morning and happy friday. so far the roadways look pretty good. we have overnight construction in our area. it seems to be lifted, and it's not affecting your commute. i want to start with the area bridges. this is the 14th street bridge. we saw a big mess yesterday with
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that sinkhole. that sinkhole has been filled, and traffic is flowing quite nicely. as we shoot over to the key bridge, looking good as well. and the american legion bridge. i can tell you the american legion and the woodrow wilson bridge are both open and a smooth ride for you so far. aaron and joe, back to you. >> danella, thanks. police have arrested a woman in connection with an acid attack on a mother and child of prince george's county. katrina watts was carrying her daughter out of her car when she was splashed with acid in oxon hill last year. for the first time she describes what happened during that chemical attack. >> and she just throws acid on me and my daughter. i don't even -- at that point, my face is burning. i can't see. immediately my eyes are blurry. i can feel my lips swelling up. >> attack left watts disfigured. investigators say tamara jackson masterminded the attack because watts dated her ex-boyfriend. they also say she convinced her friend takia anderson to carry
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attack out. police are trying to figure out who vandalized a montgomery county school. this happened at herbert hoover school in rockville. there were sexual images and hate language on the walls, doors, windows, and furniture. no arrests have been made in this case. an indictment against a d.c. police officer on charges he sexually abused three women while on duty. larry say is accused of forcing sex acts on three women in 2006 and 2010 all while in full uniform and armed with a gun. say currently is assigned to the department's third district. police say he's been with the department for 13 years. police chief kathy lanier releaseded a statement saying the accusations against him are appalling. u.s. attorney general eric holder confirmed his agency is looking into allegations that newscorp employees tried to hack into the telephones of 9/11 victims here in the u.s. meanwhile, murdoch and his son
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james will appear before british lawmakers next week. that investigation is widening to accusations of police bribery. murdoch shut down his "news of the world" in response to this scandal. the government experienced a massive data loss in a cyber attack from a foreign government. this happened sometime in the spring. 24,000 files were stolen from a defense industry computer network. no word on details or what country is responsible, but the defense department said, quote, it has a pretty good aidea who was behind the cyber attack. some virginia lawmakers have a plan to cut down on the gridlock to be created by the defense department's new marc center. they wrote a letter to secretary of defense leon panetta to limit parking at the new alexandria building to 1,000 spaces. they're trying to discourage dod employees moving into the marc center from driving to work.
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local officials are working to create new bus and shuttle routes to cut down on traffic. today you can help the employees of a d.c. institution out of work right now because of a fire. capitol hill residents and businesses have organized a fund-raiser to help the staff at the tune in restaurant and bar make ends meet. the staff has been out of work since fire ripped through that legendary restaurant last month. the tune in is being rebuilt. today's fund-raiser will take place at the american legion post 8 on "d" street southeast from 3:00 until 10:00 tonight. it will feature live music, ralphs, and an auction. while the tune in remains closed, there will be food donated by local businesses. >> 68 degrees at 4:36 this morning. in decision 2012, a new gallup poll shows president obama trailing to keep his job. 39% in this survey supported
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president obama. this is the second consecutive month republicans have led this poll. this particular survey was conducted on july 7th through july 10th. a hearing is set for september 2nd to decide whether former baseball pitcher roger clemens will go on trial again or whether his case will be dismissed all together. the clemens perjury trial ended in the first inning when a federal judge declared a mistrial. prosecutors inadvertently showed jurors part of a deposition that had been ruled off limits, a mistake the judge says even first year law students would avoid. clemens is accused of lying to congress about taking performance-enhancing drugs. we now when the john edwards criminal trial is expected to start. the former senator and presidential candidate will go on trial in october for campaign finance violations. his defense team wanted to delay the trial until january, arguing they needed more time. edwards is accused of accepting illegal campaign funds to cover up an extramarital affair during the 2008 presidential campaign. 4:37 is the time.
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ahead, congressional bragging rights. which side took the annual baseball game.ñq
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a spectacular sight, but it's been causing a lot of
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evacuations in indonesia right now. this is mt. lacon, a volcano that erupted this morning. 27,000 who live within two miles of that crater may soon be evacuated. it's one of 129 active volcanos in indonesia, sitting on what's known as the pacific ring of fire. >> spectacular but scary indeed. let's go to tom kierein and take a look at our forecast for this friday as we head into the weekend. >> good morning this friday morning. a beautiful start to the day. got a few clouds going through. that moon getting low in the western sky. right now it's 70 at reagan national. near 70 right by the bay. inland away from the waters in the low 60s on the eastern shore and much of southern maryland. meanwhile, closer to washington and prince george's, arlington, fairfax, montgomery counties, we're just in the low to mid-60s in most locations.
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out of the mountains just in the 50s. there's the washington monument under this partly cloudy moonlit sky. temperatures by 9:00 mid-70s. near 80 by noontime. partly cloudy in the afternoon. highs reaching mid-80s by midafternoon. here's your night planner. if you're heading out this friday night, we'll have a beautiful evening. partly cloudy. temperatures near 80 early evening. by midnight down to near 70 degrees. a look at the weekend as well as into next week. big changes on the way. that will be coming up at 4:51. danella, good morning. how's traffic? >> good morning. it's a great start so far and turning out to be a wonderful friday. i'm checking the roadways for you, and so far i have no incidents to report. i want to show you a live look right now at the beltway starting out in maryland. this is at connecticut avenue inner loop and outer loop. great in maryland, and the same story in virginia. your lanes are open, and so far no incidents for you to report at this time. and in d.c. "i" and 16th street, i'm checking your local roadways, d.c., and so far
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smooth commute for you. back to you, joe and aaron. >> danella, thanks so much. still ahead, a pretty surprising admission from the
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welcome back. this morning delta airlines is inspecting two airplanes involved in a runway crash in boston. a boeing 767 clipped a smaller jet at logan international airport last night. you can see the wing damage on the larger plane. both flights had passengers on them. one plane was headed to amsterdam, and the other was about to leave for raleigh, north carolina. delta says one person complained of neck pain. federal authorities say they busted an international drug trafficking ring that ran through dulles international airport. according to court papers,
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couriers were paid up to $15,000 to smuggle as much as $250,000 worth of heroin from ghana to the u.s. prosecutors say carry-on bags were carefully lined with the drugs to evade screening. federal authorities say the operation supplied drugs up and down the east coast. three of the eight people arrested lived in maryland and virginia. this morning a man is recovering from a stabbing during a robbery at a shopping center in montgomery county. this happened last night at the flower hill shopping center on flower hill way in gaithersburg. police say he was stabbed in the upper body. chopper 4 flew over the scene last night. police are not sure whether the man was a store employee or a shopper there. no arrests have been made in the case. this morning police are looking for two gunmen who tried to rob an armored car in northwest washington. police say the masked men approached a brinks truck parked off 16th street. one of the suspects pointed a gun at them, but one of the
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brinks employees intervened, and the men left the scene without cash. they used a 2004 porsche cayenne to get away. police are still searching for the getaway car the suspects carjacked in arlington. a woman says she is no hero, just a mother jumping out of her car with her baby on the beltway after they were kidnapped. a man carjacked her at a gas station in west baltimore and drove her all the way down to the capital beltway. the woman told news 4 she tried to get out of the car sooner, but once she saw signs for northern virginia, she had to make her move. >> i asked them to pull over thousands of times. >> and what did he say? >> he didn't. he just kept on driving. i said, just let me get the baby out. you can have the car. just let me get the baby out. i didn't want to jump, but i didn't know what else to do. i acted like i was putting my seat belt on, and i used this leg first, and i jumped out. >> was your baby in your arms? >> like that. >> amazingly, neither the mom
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nor the baby were injured in the incident. the suspect, 22-year-old alvin white of baltimore is facing several serious charges. coming up, a man accused of killing an 8-year-old brooklyn boy must now get a psychological evaluation. lawyers for levi aron said the man hears voices and may be mentally ill. prosecutors say he lured leibby to his home in brooklyn on monday after the boy got lost walking home from summer camp. security cameras captured their meeting. investigators say they later found the boy's severed feet wrapped in plastic in aron's freezer. mayor vincent gray has asked for a zoning change which would allow a gun dealer to sell guns in police headquarters. that's according to the "washington examiner." the district has not had a gun dealer, making it impossible for the residents to buy guns
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legally. this would allow people to buy guns inside a d.c. government building. the only gun dealer in the district was forced to shut down. the council starts its summer recess today, which will run through the middle of september. this has been a difficult session so far with investigations into mayor gray as well as two council members for inappropriate use of district funds. a tentative agreement to end the nfl lockout could come as early as today. that's according to a person familiar with the negotiations between the owners and the players union. the two sides made significant progress on a major sticking point, rookie salaries. that was during their 15 hours of meetings yesterday. but a number of issues such as free agency and off-season workout rules are still unresolved. the deal needs to happen soon to keep the preseason schedule intact. "the washington post" reports the reason behind the removal of thousands of seats at fedex field is that the redskins simply could not sell the seats.
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a top official for the skins said they removed 10,000 upper deck seats after offering them to fans on the season ticket waiting list only to be turned down. they called these seats, quote, the least desirable seats in the stadium. fedex field's capacity is 82,000, which is the second largest in the nfl. the redskins have not announced what will replace the seats they have removed. democrats and republicans slugged it out on a baseball diamond instead of capitol hill yesterday. >> lawmakers participated in the 50th annual congressional baseball game at nationals park last night. representatives wore their home jerseys on the field. once play started, the democrats clearly had the better game. they beat the republicans 8-2 last night. constituents got to see their representatives play for $10. proceeds from this year's game went to the washington literacy council and the boys and girls club of greater washington. >> republicans were probably busy running the concession stands.
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today you have a chance to strike it rich on your lunch break. the d.c. lottery's new lucky lottery mobile will make its debut at the nats bullpen. it may look like a food truck, but the only food being served here is lottery tickets. lottery officials say they're trying to cash in on the lunchtime rush. it will be in place from 11:00 this morning until 9:00 tonight. >> 4:51 now. tom kierein is here. we've hit the lottery on this forecast for the next couple of days. >> we really have. it's a wonderful break from our usual july high heat and humidity. enjoy. more to come. good morning. right now starting off with a very pleasant morning. it's fresh and cool. there is the washington monument under a partly cloudy moonlit sky. the temperatures around the region have cooled down this morning. now 70 at reagan national. the dewpoint is up a little bit from what it was yesterday morning at this time. we were in the 50s. it's still comfortably dry, and we've got a brees coming in out
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of the south and southwest at around 5 to 10 miles an hour. as we take a look at other temperatures, 50s in west virginia and much of western maryland. closer to washington, shenandoah valley around the blue ridge, low to mid-60s. prince george's county in the 60s. mid-60s in montgomery, arlington, and fairfax. right near the bay, temperatures near 70. low and mid-60s on the eastern shore as well. over the last 12 hours, we've had had streaks of high cloudiness coming in. a few sprinkles trying to make their way into the mountains. looks like those will dry out as they move to the south and east on the upper level flow. the first light of dawn beginning to show up there. sunrise at 5:55. by 9:00, mid-70s. near 80 by noontime. partly cloudy through the rest of the day. reaching mid-80s by midafternoon. this evening here's your night planner for friday night revelries. 70s through the evening and then near 70 by midnight. by dawn on saturday, another
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cool start down into the mid-60s. a beautiful day tomorrow. great beach and pool weather, highs reaching mid-80s. upper 80s and a little more humid on sunday but still not uncomfortably so. getting steamy on monday. hot and humid, into the low 90s on monday afternoon. even hotter, low to mid-90s on tuesday, wednesday, and thursday. both tuesday and wednesday, we could have afternoon storms around. now, danella, how's traffic? >> it is looking great. happy friday to you. so far you have a smooth and peaceful commute if you're on the roadways right now. let's take a look at our interstates. starting out in virginia, this is 95 north at pohick road. 95 north is picking up a little steam right now. so far no major delays or incidents to report to you as we shoot over to 66. i-66 inside and outside of the beltway clear for you. as we head up to 270 in maryland, the headlights coming towards us. it's the 270 south traffic, but so far nothing significant, no major delays at this time.
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aaron, back to you. >> danella, thanks. snd good day sunshine ♪ the astronauts on the shuttle "atlantis" actually got an early wakeup call today. mission control woke them up when one of the shuttle's five main computers failed again. the crews switched to a backup system. the system first went offline on sunday but was quickly restored on monday. the shuttle is parked at the international space station right now. 4:54 is our time. coming up, proof that no one gets a pass at airport security. who was flagged for a little
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apparently, no one's excused from airport pat-downs, including former secretary of defense donald rumsfeld. tmz snapped these pictures. he did not seem to mind, even waved to a group of passing soldiers. rumsfeld and other travelers may get through airport security more quickly if they take part in the tsa's new pilot program. it will allow some frequent flyers to go through security in a special lane and bypass some screening procedures. it will begin this fall with delta and american airlines in
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their hub cities. it has invited customers who will be invited to opt into the program. the tsa hopes to expand the program if it's successful. president obama turns 50 on august 3rd. the event in chicago will feature tickets that range in price from $50 all the way to $35,000 a couple. for $10,000, you can get a souvenir photo with the commander in chief and preferred seating. this fund-raiser is expected to be one of the biggest events in the third quarter for president obama. it's worth noting the white house says this event could be cancelled if there is no deal reached on raising the debt limit by that august 2nd deadline. right now potter -- excuse me. on to this story first. >> check this out. first lady michelle obama out in "u" street last night. she attended a gathering at eatonville on 14th street. people cheered as the first lady
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left. now to potter mania, which has bewitched washington. fans wore full dress robes to the midnight showing of "harry potter and the deathly hallows part 2." harry and his friends try to defeat the dark lord voldemort. one of our producers watched the screening and said there was some dark material that may leave children asking about death. the movie is different from the book. >> one person said this is the best of all movies they've done. and someone said this could gross $1 billion worldwide. just this one movie. therefore, this might not be the end of the harry potter movies. >> even if there are no more books, they may create another movie. >> there could be a reunion or something. >> stay with us

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